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Matthew 17:20 KJV “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
Don’t you just love the way Jesus teaches us? Can you imagine the looks on His disciples faces when he said, ‘You can tell this mountain to move from here to there and it will move?’ Jesus wants us to be mountain movers too.
Hebrews 11:6 KJV “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
God loves rewarding those who seek Him diligently. And He loves demonstrating how powerful our faith in Him is. Faith goes beyond anything in this world. It is not from this world. It is of God.
Hebrews 11:1 KJV “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
The natural mind doesn’t understand faith. ‘How can there be evidence of things not seen?’ they may ask. To answer such a question I’ll give an example: you believe that wind exist, right? But can you see the wind? No. But you do see evidence of the wind in everything from a sailboat to a hurricane. Likewise those who have faith in God and His mighty power don’t have to see everything physically to know that He exist. But they can also see the invisible qualities of God through the things He has made.
Romans 1:20 KJV “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”
FAITH MOVES MOUNTAINS/GIANTS TOO
To illustrate faith further a young boy named David was moved by his faith to boldly confront a battle tested champion named Goliath. David wasn’t a soldier. He was a young shepherd boy who herded sheep, and wrote songs and poems about God. A highly unlikely candidate to take on a warrior of Goliath’s stature. Oh, I forgot to add; Goliath was a nine and a half foot giant! Had David ever fought a nine and a half foot giant before? Had he ever SEEN or experienced this? No. So what evidence did he have that emboldened him to take on such a task? Was this boy just nuts? Let’s let David answer these questions in his own words.
While asking King Saul for permission to fight the giant this is what David said:
1 Samuel 17:34-37 NIV “But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock,  I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.  Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.  The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
What a man! I mean, “boy.” Hah hah hah! David was something else. And yes, he was successful in striking down and defeating the giant Goliath. This great victory of faith has become known for thousands of years. Do you SEE what faith can do for you?
Like David we can do things too we’ve never done or seen before. What evidence do we have of things unseen? What mighty acts have we witnessed our heavenly Father do? To whom can we compare our God? To no one! He is the King of the universe!
2 Chronicles 16:9 KJV “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”
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1 Peter 2:11 KJV “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.”
Something unseen wars against our souls: fleshly lusts. Lust is something we feel, something we crave and long for. Different things can trigger lust. For example:
Proverbs 6:25 KJV “Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.”
A woman’s beauty can cause one to lust. God warns against this. She can even take you away (capture you) with her eyelids? What’s up with that? It’s true. Ever notice women today that wear false eyelashes? Doesn’t it do something different to their appearance like make them look more seductive? God said to watch out for those blinking eyelids and coy looks. They have power to seize you. I’m talking from experience. I’ve been seized more times than I care to admit. I’m fortunate to be alive.
Proverbs 31:30 NET “Charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised.”
Charm is very deceptive. And so is flattery. There’s a saying: “You catch more bees with honey than you do with vinegar.” How sweet are the words of the soul hunter. How nice they can make us feel. We can be led to the slaughter without even knowing it, partly because WE ARE DESIRING THE WRONG THING.
James 1:14-15 KJV “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
Proverbs 5:3-4 NIV “For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;  but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.”
Proverbs 29:5-6 NIV “Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.  Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.”
Flattery and charm works best on those who covet what is evil. And those who are looking for evil always find it. What you are about to read next applies to both males and females:
PLIGHT OF THE SIMPLE
Proverbs 7:7-27 NIV “I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense.  He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house  at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.  Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.  (She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home;  now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)  She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:  “Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.  So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you!  I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt.  I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.  Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love!  My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.  He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.”  With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.  All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose  till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.  Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say.  Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.  Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.  Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.”
Did you notice this women told the young man that she had food left over from her fellowship (or peace) offering? And she said, “Today I fulfilled my vows?” She had went to the temple earlier that day and offered a sacrifice to God. She just came out of church so to speak, and is now seducing the young man. According to The Law the food sacrificed in a fellowship offering had to be eaten the same day the sacrifice was made. But if the person made a vow (as she did) the flesh from the sacrifice could be eaten by the next day. On the third day it had to be burned up. (Leviticus 7:11-18 19:5-8) So, this woman is telling the young man that she is willing to share her food with him, and that she piously keeps The Law when it comes to making vows and sacrifices. Yet she is willing to break The Law by breaking her marriage vow? DO YOU SEE HOW HYPOCRITICALLY SICK THIS CHICK IS?
There are many like her. They are very religious outwardly, but in matters of fleshly lusts they have no restraint. They abuse God’s kindness, and use it as an excuse for loose conduct. (Ephesians 5:5-6 Revelation 21:8) These have only an outward form of godliness but deny it’s true power. And from them we are told to turn away. (2 Timothy 3:5 1 Corinthians 5:9-13) Like the woman in Proverbs 6 they too go to church, then come right out of church and engage in sexual sin (some even while at church). That’s how soul hunters operate. They have no shame. They will play the, “I’m a Christian too,” role. Don’t fall for it. God says the young man in Proverbs 6 had no sense; he was simple, and was a slave to his desires. That’s why he fell for her hook line and sinker, not knowing it would cost him his life.
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Colossians 1:13-14 KJV “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
The blood of Jesus is oh so powerful! More powerful than I can fathom. When Jesus died for our sins His real blood was shed on our behalf. This blood came from Almighty God! Jesus had no human father. He was no ordinary human being. The blood of Jesus has the miraculous power to transfer people from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. Believers are literally taken from one place and firmly set into another realm:
Ephesians 2:6 NIV “And God raised us up with Christ and SEATED us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.”
Jesus’ blood has in it the forgiveness of ALL SINS for the whole world. Those who believe in Him are, “Not guilty,” before God. Their sins do not follow them to the grave. Thank God! This righteous blood had to be shed on our behalf or no one could be saved. Saved from what? Saved from the just penalty of sin; eternal death. All who believe in Jesus have His blood, they have His spirit living within them. They are born again and are of His bloodline. They are the descendants of Abraham. It doesn’t matter what nationality they are. All the promises God made to Abraham regarding His blessed offspring applies to all who have faith just like Abraham the Bible says. This is accomplished by rebirth of the spirit because of God’s grace through faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9) Not by works or simple human lineage. Jesus’ blood makes it possible for any bastard child to be adopted into the family of Almighty God, and receive the full rights of sonship!
Revelation 2:26-28 NLT “To all who are victorious, who obey me to the very end, TO THEM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER ALL THE NATIONS.  THEY WILL RULE THE NATIONS with an iron rod and SMASH THEM LIKE CLAY POTS.  THEY WILL HAVE THE SAME AUTHORITY I RECEIVED FROM MY FATHER, and I will also give them the morning star!”
Daniel 2:44 KJV “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but IT SHALL BREAK IN PIECES AND CONSUME ALL THESE KINGDOMS, and it shall stand for ever.”
Daniel 7:27 KJV “And THE KINGDOMS and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, SHALL BE GIVEN TO THE PEOPLE OF THE SAINTS OF THE MOST HIGH, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.”
Jesus’ kindred; those who have His blood, will rule the world forever! God has decreed it. So it shall be done!
WORKERS AGAINST GOD’S PLAN
God’s enemies have been working tirelessly to thwart God’s plan. Some among us have been tricked by evil spirits into believing they will create an everlasting kingdom of their own. To us that sounds like a joke. But not to them. Look at what the next passage says these evil people with the help of evil spirits will do:
Revelation 16:13-14,16 NLT “And I saw three EVIL SPIRITS THAT LOOKED LIKE FROGS leap from the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet.  THEY ARE DEMONIC SPIRITS who work miracles and GO OUT TO ALL THE RULERS OF THE WORLD TO GATHER THEM FOR BATTLE AGAINST THE LORD on that great judgment day of God the Almighty.  And THE DEMONIC SPIRITS GATHERED ALL THE RULERS AND THEIR ARMIES to a place with the Hebrew name Armageddon.”
Did you catch that? All the rulers of the world and their armies are being gathered together, or brought into one group, to battle against Almighty God Himself! And all of this is at the behest of demonic evil spirits. John said in his vision these evil spirits looked like frogs. Hmmmmmmm. That sort of reminds me of the description of some of these aliens we’ve been hearing about lately. Hmmmmmmm. Meditate on that.
2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 NET “For the HIDDEN POWER of lawlessness is already at work. However, the one who holds him back will do so until he is taken out of the way, 8 and then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will destroy by the breath of his mouth and wipe out by the manifestation of his arrival. 9 The arrival of the lawless one will be by Satan’s working with all kinds of miracles and signs and false wonders, 10 and with every kind of evil deception directed against those who are perishing, because they found no place in their hearts for the truth so as to be saved. 11 Consequently God sends on them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false. 12 And so all of them who have not believed the truth but have delighted in evil will be condemned.”
Yes, certain people have been secretly planning for a long time a grand showdown; a battle royal, against Almighty God! As we read Evil spirits THAT LOOKED LIKE FROGS will gather ALL THE RULERS OF THE WORLD and their armies together for this epic battle. These fools have been tricked into believing they really can beat God. The Lord just laughs:
Psalm 2:1-4 NIV “Why do the nations conspire and THE PEOPLES PLOT IN VAIN?  THE KINGS OF THE EARTH RISE UP AND THE RULERS BAND TOGETHER AGAINST THE LORD AND AGAINST HIS ANOINTED, saying,  “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.”  THE ONE ENTHRONED IN HEAVEN LAUGHS; the Lord scoffs at them.”
Yes indeed the Lord laughs and scoffs at these fools.
MOBILIZING THE WORLD FORCE
In the media there’s much propaganda about one-worldism? All the religions coming together as one? All the governments of the world coming together as one? All the peoples coming together as one, etcetera? This message is in everything from TV commercials, to movies, sporting events, popular music, etcetera. And people are eating it up like spaghetti. They have to. They are being controlled by demons. On the surface these, “Come together as one,” messages look good. But there is a hidden agenda to them. God’s word explains where it is all leading to. We just read it: The whole world, and all the kings, and all their armies, are being gathered together for The Great Day Of God Almighty called Armageddon. Think about it: in order to get the whole world to fight against God you have to get the whole world on the same page, you think?
As you’ve read in the scriptures above all mankind is being helped (deceived) by evil spirits in this endeavor. ALL THE RULERS OF THE WORLD AND THEIR ARMIES are being mobilized against God and His anointed (Jesus Christ). No wonder they hate His people (true Christians) so much. The Bible book of Daniel talks about this as well. And it’s found in many other places in the scriptures. I know; this sounds like science fiction to some, and it sounds crazy or funny to others. But God is not one to be mocked. He predicted this would happen. So it shall be done. This, “MYSTERY OF INIQUITY,” is already at work. (2 Thessalonians 2:7 KJV)
Everything happening today was prophesied long ago including the final outcome. Repent while there is still time. Receive the truth. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. He is the only one who can get us out of this mess. Be transferred into His bloodline, into His everlasting kingdom before it is too late. Every one of God’s enemies will be utterly slaughtered on His great Day (Armageddon). And then they will have to spend eternity tormented in the lake of fire! (Revelation 21:8) These opponents of God and Jesus Christ are the seed or bloodline of the serpent; Satan the devil. And their judgment is rightfully deserved. Who’s blood are you?
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